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Blessed; a study in Matthew 5

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.Matthew 5:5

If we were to expect anyone to inherit the earth, we would probably assume it was a forceful person, advancing their own desires and taking what they wanted. Jesus throws another curve ball and says that it is quite the opposite.

Be kind, one to another.

The word used for meek (praus) translates as humble, gentle in spirit, or mild. AGAIN we find Jesus promoting a humble spirit! Last time, the humble gained the kingdom, or authority, of heaven. Now he states that the humble will inherit the earth. All in all it sounds like the humble hold all the cards.

Psalms 37:11 mirrors what Jesus says as,

But the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.Psalms 37:11

Shortly before this, Psalms 37:7-9 says,

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evil doers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.Psalms 37:7-9

We are encouraged to have gentle spirits so that we do not live in continual strife with others; gaining abundant peace. Jesus did not want us to get so worked up and angry at others (even when they are wrong) that we became ineffective at showing His love and doing what we are called to do.

My take on this:

Blessed are those who relax, trust Jesus, and deal gently with others. Their reward is coming.


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Curt Blanshan / Youth Pastor, Tech, Lover of Bacon

Crazy in love with my wife and best friend, father to a little ball of energy I call my son, and passionate about youth ministry. When I get time, I try to keep up on tech. Oh, and I love bacon.

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